Itanagar: The National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Arunachal Pradesh government for setting up a Science Centre and Digital Planetarium at Dirang, in West Kameng district of the state.
The science centre and the planetarium will be set up by NCSM at an estimated cost of Rs 26.70 crore and Rs 15.60 crore respectively, under the Scheme for Promotion of Culture of Science (SPoCS) of the union Culture ministry, an official communiqué informed here.
The Arunachal Pradesh State Council for Science & Technology (APSCS&T), under the state department of Science & Technology inked the pact with the NCSM at Kolkata. The science centre and the digital planetarium would be of category II. “This will be the third science centre in Arunachal Pradesh after Itanagar and Namsai. While the Science Centre at Itanagar is already functional, a MoU was signed for setting up a science centre and planetarium at Namsai on December 18 last year. The people of the eastern and western parts of the state will benefit from these science centres and planetaria,” state Science & Technology secretary R Ronya said after the pact.
Deputy Director General of NCSM Samarendra Kumar informed that the NCSM so far developed 23 science centres and handed them over to different state and UT governments.
“With development of the northeastern part of the country a priority of the government, the NCSM will be glad to set up science centres’ and planetaria in this part of the country. The science centres not only act as tourist destinations but also help develop scientific temperament in society,” NCSM Director General A D Choudhury said.